Statistical Leader, Open to flexible working

Stevenage, Hertfordshire
12 Mar 2019
11 Apr 2019
Contract Type

GSK is a science-led global healthcare company dedicated to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer. To advance GSK's discovery of new medicines, we seek smart, creative people who enjoy solving challenging problems and want to improve the lives of millions of people.

Our team (Research Statistics) collaborates with top laboratory and clinical scientists to advance exciting, innovative ideas in drug discovery. We design experiments, analyse data, and visualise results for projects that range from small studies with single endpoints to high-dimensional genomic data. We use traditional statistical methods and modern machine learning algorithms, design experiments to develop new technologies and analyse data to identify biomarkers for clinical trials. Our work is varied and challenging with the common goal to advance the science of human health.

To succeed, team members need good technical and communication skills, the desire to develop their statistical and scientific knowledge continually, and the ability to develop practical solutions and apply statistical techniques in creative ways. Successful candidates will be innovative, pragmatic, and flexible, thriving in a dynamic, collegial environment with frequent new challenges and excellent opportunities to develop and succeed.

CLOSING DATE for applications: Applications open until role is filled.

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Why You?

Basic qualifications:

  • MS or PhD in statistics, biostatistics, or a closely related field with formal statistical training

Preferred qualifications:

  • Significant experience as a consulting statistician, collaborating with scientists from other disciplines
  • Strong oral and written English communication skills

Demonstrated ability to:

  • Identify existing or develop new statistical methods to improve the design, analysis, and interpretation of scientific studies
  • Evaluate, recommend, and implement statistical tools for addressing scientific problems
  • Deliver statistical consulting (design, analysis, and interpretation of studies) to scientists in multiple disciplines
  • Take a leadership role in multi-disciplinary teams
  • Build and maintain relationships with customer groups
  • Drive the adoption of statistical best practice within R&D
  • Lead initiatives within a statistics team to develop internal capability
  • Develop junior staff through mentoring or supervision

Interest in continually learning and applying new statistical skills
Knowledge of some of the following topics:

  • Experimental design, mixed models, Bayesian methods, linear and nonlinear regression, repeated measures, analysis of high-dimensional data as found in genomics analyses
  • Genomics, molecular biology, disease biology, cellular and animal models

Why GSK?:

GlaxoSmithKline is a science-led global healthcare company that researches and develops a broad range of innovative medicines and brands. We discover, make and market life-enhancing products that are used by millions of people around the world, helping them to do more, feel better and live longer. We have 3 primary areas of business in pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer healthcare. We have offices in more than 115 countries, major research centres in the UK, USA, Spain, Belgium and China and an extensive manufacturing network with 87 sites globally. Our three strategic priorities are to grow a diversified global business, deliver products of value, and to simplify our operating model.

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